HOUSE OF LORDS
MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS
Die Martis 8° Decembris 1998
The House met at half-past two oclock.
PRAYERS were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.
1. Lord CrawshawDavid Gerald Lord Crawshaw sat first in Parliament after the death of his brother, William Michael Clifton Lord Crawshaw, having first taken and subscribed the oath pursuant to statute.
2. Morgan and others (Respondents) v. Morris (Petitioner) and one other actionThe petition of John Joseph Morris praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.
3. London Borough of Southwark (Respondents) and another v. Tanner and others (A.P.) (Appellants) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee.
4. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 99th Report, Session 1997-98:
Regina v. Bow Street Magistrates Court and Allison (Respondent) ex parte Government of the United States of America (Petitioners) That leave to appeal be given and that the petition of appeal be lodged forthwith.
5. Appeal CommitteeThe following Order was made pursuant to the 1st Report:
Walker (Her Majestys Inspector of Taxes) (Respondent) v. Centaur Clothes Group Limited (Petitioners) That leave to appeal be given, and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 22nd December next.
6. Negative InstrumentsThe following instruments were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. (i) Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (2922)
(ii) Statistics of Trade (Customs and Excise) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (2973)
laid under the European Communities Act 1972;
2. National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998, laid under the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978; (3031)
3. Special Trustees for Newcastle University Hospital (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 1998, laid under the National Health Service Act 1977; (3028)
(i) Downing College, Cambridge on 29th May 1998 ()
(ii) Exeter College, Oxford on 15th July 1998 ()
(iii) the University of Oxford on 21st May 1998 ()
laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.
7. Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedingsThe following papers were laid before the House and ordered to lie on the Table:
1. Statement by the Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions on the pay of Members of the British Railways Board, laid under the Transport Act 1962;
2. Report for 1997-98 of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, laid under the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962.
Select Committee Reports
8. Statutory InstrumentsThe 2nd Report from the Joint Committee was made on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:
Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/2913);
Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste Depositing) (Scotland) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/2914);
Draft Financing of Maintained Schools Regulations 1998;
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999;
Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998;
Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998;
it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 5)
9. European CommunitiesThe First Report from the Select Committee, Evidence by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on the Cardiff European Council, was made; it was ordered that the Report be printed. (HL Paper 6)
10. Science and TechnologyIt was moved by the Chairman of Committees that a Select Committee be appointed to consider science and technology and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Select Committee:
L. Howie of Troon
L. Jenkin of Roding
L. Perry of Walton
L. Phillips of Ellesmere
B. Platt of Writtle
L. Porter of Luddenham
L. Ponsonby of Shulbrede
L. Soulsby of Swaffham Prior
L. Walton of Detchant
L. Winston (Chairman);
That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees and that the Committee have power to appoint the Chairmen of sub-committees;
That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purposes of serving on the Committee or any sub-committee;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to adjourn from place to place;
That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;
That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee or any sub-committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out; and
That the Committee do meet on Tuesday 15th December at a quarter-before eleven oclock;
the motion was agreed to.
11. DefenceIt was moved by the Lord Gilbert that this House take note of the conclusions of Her Majestys Governments Strategic Defence Review (Cm 3999); after debate, the motion was agreed to.
12. Police Act 1997 (Authorisation of Action in Respect of Property) (Code of Practice) Order 1998
13. Police Act 1997 (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 1998
It was moved by the Lord Williams of Mostyn that the draft Orders laid before the House on 19th November be approved en bloc; after debate, the motion was agreed to.
14. SudanThe Baroness Cox asked Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Sudan; after debate, the question was answered by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean.
The House was adjourned at twenty-three minutes before eleven oclock
till tomorrow, half-past two oclock.